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Marjolein  Visser

Marjolein Visser is professor of Healthy Aging at the Department of Health Sciences, section Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Public Health research institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Marjolein Visser is trained as a nutritionist and epidemiologist and received her PhD from Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 1995. During her PhD work she was a research scholar at the Obesity Research Center at S. Lukes’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, USA. In 1996-98 she was a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA after which she completed a second post-doctoral (VENI) fellowship at the EMGO Institute, VU Medical center, Amsterdam. As a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences she continued her research on sarcopenia at this institute for another 5 years.

Since 2003 she also held a tenured position at the Institute of Health Sciences of the VU University Amsterdam where she became head of the section Nutrition and Health in 2005. In 2007 she became a full professor of Healthy Aging at both the Department of Health Sciences and the EMGO Institute. Since 2014 she is full professor of Healthy Aging at the Department of Health Sciences, section Nutrition and Health, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Between 2014-2017 she was also appointed as a full professor of Healthy Aging, with special attention for nutrtition and clinical dietetics, at the Department of Internal Medicine, section Nutrition and Dietetics, VU Medical Center Amsterdam. 

She is responsible for the MSc program Nutrition and Health within the Health Sciences program and is a teacher in courses on nutrition, gerontology and epidemiology. She is founder of the Amsterdam Nutrition Research Center and member of the steering committee of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. Since 2013 she is a member of the Health Council of the Netherlands.

Her research interests include (lifestyle) determinants and consequences of age-related changes in body composition. Important research areas are sarcopenia, obesity, and malnutrition in old age. She is involved in (inter)national aging studies, including the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam and the Health, Aging and Body Composition study, and a body composition consultant for other aging studies. 

She is coordinator of large EU-wide research projects, including the KP7 MooDFOOD project (2014-2018) and the Horizon2020 PROMISS project (2016-2020), and is co-coordinator of the HDHL Joint Program Initiative MaNuEL (2016-2017). She has authored over 270 scientific publications and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of several international scientific journals.